Article 77 – Forwarding of European patent applications - The European Patent Convention, Convention on the Grant of European Patents – (European Patent Convention), Part III – The European patent application, Chapter I – Filing and requirements of the European patent application
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The central industrial property office of a Contracting State shall forward to the European Patent Office any European patent application filed with it or any other competent authority in that State, in accordance with the Implementing Regulations.
A European patent application the subject of which has been made secret shall not be forwarded to the European Patent Office.
A European patent application not forwarded to the European Patent Office in due time shall be deemed to be withdrawn.